Enceladus’ Oceans Host Habitable Components

New models for the composition of the subsurface oceans on Saturn’s moon Enceladus have determined that phosphorus should be readily available.

IMAGE: A soda or alkaline ocean (containing NaHCO3 and/or Na2CO3) inside of Enceladus interacts geochemically with a rocky core. Modeling indicates that this interaction promotes the dissolution of phosphate minerals, making orthophosphate readily available to possible life in the ocean. CREDIT: SwRI

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Planetary scientist, podcast host. Communication specialist for SETI Institute and Planetary Science Institute. Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/planetarypan